How can one district coach/coordinator support so many schools within a district?

Supporting a large number of PBIS schools with limited district coaching capacity can be challenging. If this is the case in your district, it is important that the coach/coordinator structure the system of support in a way that ensures efficiency related to his/her time. One way to do that is by having In-School Coaches in each school. By creating "in-house experts" within each school, the district PBIS coach/coordinator is able to focus his/her supports. Rather than facing scheduling challenges of attending a vast number of PBIS team meetings, the In-School Coach provides necessary support and technical assistance and communicates back to the district coordinator about additional needs or challenges faced by the school. In addition, the PBIS District coach/coordinator communicates with the Regional Coordinator and provides necessary training and support to the In-School coach via periodic In-School Coach Meetings. This structure reduces some of the challenge of creating a system of support for a large number of schools.

Results of a state-wide survey from PBIS coaches in NC revealed that PBIS District Coach/Coordinators spend an average of 5 hours per month/per school providing direct and indirect coaching support. This equates to .3 FTE per school. As such, 1 Full-Time LEA Coach/Coordinator should be able to support approximately 33 implementing schools under the following conditions: high level of superintendent support, active district leadership team, 4+ years of coaching experience, in-school coaching system, not all schools are newly implementing.

Is there a timeline for coaches outlining when things are due or when they should be addressed?

The PBIS Data Requirements schedule can help schools and coaches plan an appropriate timeline for completing PBIS activities throughout the school year. In addition, a coach's calendar can be found at http://pbis.yancey.schoolfusion.us/modules/locker/files/get_group_file.phtml? fid=12903427&gid=727615&sessionid=

Are there learning and networking opportunities for coach/coordinators?

All PBIS Regional Coordinators hold a minimum of 3 Regional Coach/Coordinator meetings in each of the 8 regions of North Carolina. These meetings are generally for district level coach/coordinators and focus on communicating updates, providing on-going professional development, and resources/strategies/technical assistance across a variety of topics. Each regional coordinator determines the need/focus related to meetings and networking opportunities. For more information about opportunities in your area contact your Regional PBIS Coordinator.

What is the formula for PRC 118 funding?

Requests for PRC 118 funding must be completed in the format requested, include supporting documentation required, be signed by both trainer and EC director, and be received on time to be considered. LEAs must have an active PBIS trainer to receive funding. LEAs receive funding to support the LEA Trainer and Training to support PBIS implementation based on a funding formula (subject to change). The current funding formula allows for $500 to support trainer expenses (primarily travel to attend regional meetings and to assist with trainings in the region), $300 per team trained in Modules 1-3 in the LEA, $400 per team trained in Modules 1-3, and/or $150 per 6 hour day of additional training within the LEA up to a maximum of $12,500.

LEAs that receive funding are required to submit budget and trainer reports at mid-year and end-of-year. If no end of year 118 report is submitted, no additional funding will be awarded the next year. Trainer reports will be compared with the number of schools the LEAs requested funding to train. Consistent failure to train the number of schools for which funding has been requested and provided will result in reduction and/or cessation of additional funding. If LEAs have not spent at least 50% of funding awarded the previous year, no additional funding will be awarded. PBIS staff reserves the right to make final funding decisions.